Pentagon to review recruiting practices

The requirements detailing who can and cannot serve in the military may be changing.

WASHINGTON - The requirements detailing who can and can't serve in the military may be changing. The Pentagon is reviewing how it currently recruits service members in hopes to attract more potential troops. 

The list of requirements disqualifying someone from serving include fitness performance, mental health and even tattoos in some cases. While Pentagon officials say they're not looking to permanently change any standards they say they do want to evaluate the needs and find ways to broaden the pool of possible recruits.

One suggestion involved reducing initial fitness standards, so otherwise qualified individuals could join the military as long as they meet the established standards by the end of boot camp. Officials say many Americans have lost touch with the military and aren't fully aware of the opportunities it provides.  To get people more interested they plan to increase recruitment ads online and they will also launch a public speaking campaign.

The Pentagon will also review it's ROTC procedures in efforts to better prepare future officers to lead troops.


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